The books of Charles Handy have influenced me greatly - his observations are very relevant. But at the end, I come back to a little-known book full of physical and moral courage - Iris Origo's diary War in Val d'Orcia (1943-44). She was an Anglo-American, married to an Italian landowner, who found herself having to raise a young family during a time of civil war and foreign invasion in the no-man's-land of the remote Tuscan countryside. Her country of adoption was at war with her country of origin, but she was preoccupied with the immediate problems of holding her household together and trying to keep a rural community from annihilation.
OPINION: Culture isn't something that can just be left to the HR department.
OPINION: A British entrepreneur and refugee defends the UK's tradition of hospitality.
The Supper Club's motto was 'no accountants, lawyers or life coaches.'
The Senior Managers and Certification Regime makes senior bankers personally accountable for failings.
Rudeness at work reduces performance. Go figure.
EDITORIAL: House of Fraser has been 'rescued'.